Whatever Adam Wainwright gave away early as he groped for the feel on his pitches the Cardinals ace got back on his own later — and then some.
Never once did he lose his grip on the game.
Before Wainwright could get his first out Wednesday at Coors Field the host Colorado Rockies had a two-run lead and two more runners on base. Wainwright escaped the first found his curve and pressed on for 7 2/3 superb innings while tying a career high with three hits. Wainwright drove home the Cardinals’ first run scored the tying run and put the Cardinals ahead for good with an RBI in the fourth inning of a 4-3 victory.
“Showing why he’s the ace of our club” manager Mike Matheny said. “He looked like a completely different pitcher from the third on. The more he got into the game the sharper he got. Then he picks us up offensively. He did it all.”
Trevor Rosenthal kept Wainwright (17-9) on track for the win by stranding both of the runners he inherited in the eighth inning and closer Edward Mu...